Mark Clattenburg reveals he was accused of match fixing by a ‘snake’ employee in 2015 after buying an Audi – and was acquitted by ex-ref and former police officer Howard Webb
- Mark Clattenburg has revealed he was accused of match fixing in 2015
- He says the accusation came from a colleague he describes as a ‘snake’
- The allegation was made over suspicions about his purchase of an Audi R8
- Former referee Howard Webb acquitted the official of any wrongdoing
Mark Clattenburg has revealed that he was accused of match fixing by a fellow official in 2015, calling his colleague “a snake, the laughing killer.”
In his autobiography Whistle Blower, which will be released on September 30, the former Premier League referee says PGMOL boss Mike Riley ordered Howard Webb to investigate after the suspicion was raised.
Webb, PGMOL’s technical director and a police officer at the time, found no evidence of any wrongdoing and warned Riley that making the allegations public could ruin Clattenburg’s career. The case was dropped.
Mark Clattenburg has revealed he was accused of match fixing by a fellow official in 2015.
The allegation was made over suspicions about his purchase of an Audi R8 (stock image)
The Referee Reveals Everything in His New Autobiography ‘Whistle Blower’
But Clattenburg wrote: ‘He (unnamed official) suspected me of match fixing. Why did he think that? Because I had just bought an Audi R8 sports car. Apparently he had a premonition. Anger doesn’t come close to describing how I felt.
‘I was called to a few more meetings and asked why I had met a certain person in Dubai. This guy was a “fixer”, but not a fucking match fixer! He can give you discounts on water parks and restaurants. It was ridiculous what they insinuated.
“I have to say that I have never been approached about match fixing. English officials are considered clean all over the world.’
Clattenburg has taken aim at some of those he worked with, revealing his fraught relationship with bosses Riley and David Elleray, as well as referee Martin Atkinson.
Former Premier League referee Howard Webb acquitted Clattenburg of any wrongdoing
“It’s a strange game, refereeing,” he wrote. “We are largely unpopular to the outside world and are plagued by quarrels and nagging on the inside. I would say I was close to the good ones, the normal ones. As for the rest of them? Half the time they were a bunch of crazy people.’
He added: “I was sad how many other officials wanted to be part of his (Atkinson’s) little gang. You would be on a European trip and one of Atkinson’s henchmen would be with you as the fourth official, and you knew he was reporting to his master.’
From WHISTLE BLOWER by Mark Clattenburg, published 30 September by Headline for £20. © Mark Clattenburg 2021. Visit www.mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193 to order a copy for £18 (offer valid until 10/21; UK shipping free on orders over £20).